Part of 🌰︎ chestnut / chinkapin  genus Castanea in beech / oak  family Fagaceae in bayberry / beech / birch / oak / walnut  order Fagales.

Native to eastern 🇺🇸 USA and very-southern 🇨🇦 Canada.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors), ▭ 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Formerly abundant and a major com­po­nent of the Eastern hardwood forest, this tree is almost extinct in the wild, having been killed by a bark fungal disease chestnut blight  Cryphonectria parasitica.

Although I see that my local Conservation District is selling bare-root trees of this species, but grown from in-state survivors of the blight, known to be resistant.  Worth a try, to resurrect this amazing piece of Americana!

The disease also impacts (not quite as hard) this tree's closely-related (even shares most of its home range) sister-species Allegheny chinquapin  Castanea pumila.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Castanea hosts caterpillars of 129 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Learn more about 🌰︎ American chestnut Castanea dentata

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